of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will aim to add to his 15 stakes
victories at Del Mar and extend a streak of at least one stakes win at
the track to a seventh year when he sends out multiple representatives
in Friday’s $200,000 Real Good Deal Stakes and Saturday’s $300,000
Grade I Clement L. Hirsch.
Hollendorfer will saddle Omega Star (3-1) and U’narack (9-2) in the
Real Good Deal. They are the second and third choices in oddsmaker Russ
Hudak’s morning line behind 5-2 favorite Tiz a Minister in a field of
In the Clement L. Hirsch, Hollendorfer has
one-third of the nine-horse field with Lady of Fifty, Via Villagio and
Sister Kate set to go against defending race champion Include Me Out.
Omega Star will be running for the first time for Hollendorfer.
Owner/breeders Herman Sarkowsky and Martin Wygod turned the 3-year-old
gelded son of Candy Ride over to Hollendorfer when John Sherriffs opted
to relocate from California to New York.
Hollendorfer said Omega Star, who won the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes
in March at Santa Anita and has earnings of $222,250 from six lifetime
starts, has been training well. The No. 1 post, from which Omega Star
will break under Rafael Bejarano would not have been Hollendorfer’s
choice, but he said he expected a good effort.
“Mr. Wygod has given me a chance to train the horse and I’m very
grateful,” Hollendorfer said. Un’arack, a 3-year-old son of Unusual
Heat, has two wins and has never been out of the money in four starts.
He will be ridden by Julien Leparoux.
In the Clement L. Hirsch, Hollendorfer’s Lady of Fifty drew the No. 1
post and will be ridden by Corey Nakatani, Via Villagio (Mike Smith)
the No. 5 and Sister Kate (Martin Pedroza) the No. 7 post.
“Sister Kate won her last race at Sacramento (California Governor’s
Cup Handicap, July 13) and Via Villagio was second in that race in her
second start off a long layoff,” Hollendorfer pointed out. “So they’re
doing real well. Lady of Fifty has a good record (15 starts, 6 wins, 1
second, 5 thirds) and when she’s been beaten it hasn’t been by that
The trio’s running styles are varied enough to give each a chance
even though Include Me Out, breaking from the outside post, figures as a
“That’s the tough horse and she has the outside post, so her rider
can look in and see what’s happening. We know she’s the horse to beat,”
“Sister Kate tends to be on the front end, Via Villagio has tactical
speed and Lady of Fifty can do either. We’ve got good riders on all
three and they should be able to get them in good position.”